Young Leader Dares Mighty Things to Preserve a Detroit Studio

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Young Leader Dares Mighty Things to Preserve a Detroit Studio

Drew Patrick

Posted on March 12, 2019

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Skidmore Studio has stayed successful for 60 years
  • Why Drew doesn’t call Skidmore Studio an agency
  • Why Drew no longer brings his phone or laptop into meetings
  • How the dynamic between Drew and his father impacted Drew’s life
  • How athletics influenced Drew’s life, especially in high school and college
  • What Drew learned as an accountant at Ersnt & Young
  • Why Drew suddenly quit his accounting job
  • How an early business failure caused Drew to start making choices based on his values, and not on money
  • How the younger generation has “changed the language of the workplace”
  • Why Drew first became involved with Skidmore Studios
  • What major struggles Drew faced while starting out at Skidmore Studios
  • How tragedy led to Drew’s eventual ownership of Skidmore Studios
  • Why the cohesive Skidmore community meant everything after the sudden death of owner and CEO Tim Smith
  • How Drew and his team dealt with the passing of their long-time leader
  • Whether Drew would ever move Skidmore Studios out of Detroit
  • Why preserving Skidmore Studio’s 60-year legacy is so important to Drew
  • Why Drew prefers carrying on a legacy over building a new one from scratch
  • Drew Patrick didn’t expect to become the owner of Detroit’s Skidmore Studio—at least not yet. But when Tim Smith, the creative firm’s beloved owner and CEO, suddenly passed away, Drew embraced the challenge of carrying on Skidmore’s 60-year legacy. Discover how Drew is preserving the studio’s values-driven history while also moving it forward into a brighter future on this week’s donothing podcast.

    As president, Drew sees every challenge as an opportunity to improve and is unwavering in his commitment to doing things the right way. In other words, he’s the one you go to when you need to make things happen. He works tirelessly to strengthen Skidmore’s business and foster a workplace that continues to be happy, healthy and successful for the next 60+ years.

    Prior to serving as president, Drew was Skidmore’s CFO and received Crain’s Detroit Business CFO of the Year in 2013.


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